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People picked up on arrest warrants this week  

In the course of their daily duties, Key West police officers often pick up persons wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. Their pictures are a prominent feature of the briefing room at the Key West police station. Every Friday, a list of the people they find during the week is listed here. This list is unusually long because it includes the Thanksgiving weekend.

If you know of anyone who is wanted and where he or she might be found, Crime Stoppers of the Keys will pay you a cash reward for that person’s arrest. You do not have to identify yourself in any way to call Crime Stoppers – all callers are completely anonymous. The tips line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

John Stephenson, 41, no address, for violating probation granted on a conviction for disorderly conduct and an open container violation, and violating probation granted on another disorderly conduct conviction. Officers stopped Stephenson in the 200 block of Margaret Street, across from the Turtle Kraals restaurant. They knew he was wanted, but he initially gave a different name. After it was all sorted out, the arrested him on the warrants and charged him also with giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. Nov. 24.

Jerome L. Amate, 42, no address, for failing to appear in court in Brevard County on a charge of petit theft. Officer Ashley Clevenger arrested Amate for shoplifting at Publix and discovered the warrant at that time. Nov. 24.

Tonchelle Renee Lucas, 29, of Wilson, N.C., for obtaining property by false pretenses, issued from Greenville, N.C. She was a passenger on the cruise ship “Majesty of the Seas,” docked at Key West, when federal agents took her into custody on the warrant and turned her over to Key West Police. Nov. 25.

Thomas James Kelly, 24, of Big Coppitt Key, for a warrant from Brevard County for driving with a suspended license. Officer Luis Sanchez stopped him for speeding and he was still driving with a suspended license. Sanchez ticketed him for speeding and driving with a suspended license and arrested him on the warrant. Nov. 26.

Kimberly Ann DeGroat, 19, for failing to appear in court on a charge of leaving a crash scene with property damage. She turned herself in at the police station. Nov. 26.

Julio Valdez, 61, of Key West, for violating probation granted on a conviction for retail theft. While on bicycle patrol, Officer Bradley Lariz saw Valdez on Fort Street and knew he was wanted. Nov. 26.

Brian Matthew Mills, 18, pf Key West, for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Mills was involved in a bar fight, and officers checked on him while questioning him about the fight. They discovered the warrant and arrested him. Nov. 27.

Donald P. Holes, 48, no address, for a warrant out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for violating probation for a crime not specified in the report. Officers encountered Holes while checking on a hitchhiker on Bertha Street. Nov. 28.

Allen Clewis, 45, of Key West, for possession of cocaine. Officer E. J. Cuneo was on bicycle patrol when he saw Clewis on Fort Street. Cuneo knew Clewis was wanted and stopped him and arrested him. Nov. 29.

Christopher Coleman, 36, of Key West, for two warrants for sale of cocaine, with $35,000 bond on each. On Nov. 30, Street Crimes Unit supervisor Detective Frank Zamora passed the warrants to road patrol officers Rich Thomas and Henry Arroyo. The warrants arose from one of the Unit’s operations on Oct. 26. On the same day they were given the warrants, the officers spotted Coleman on the 1000 block of Emma Street and arrested him. Nov. 30.

Joseph Junior Mannings, 39, of Key West, for sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. Bond was set at $50,000. That was another warrant stemming from a Street Crimes Unit sting operation on October 8th. Officer Henry Arroyo saw Mannings on the 900 block of Emma Street and arrested him. Nov. 30.

Michael G. Crossey, 47, no address, for violating probation granted on a DUI conviction. Crossey turned himself in to two patrolling officers in the Publix parking lot. Nov. 30.

Robert Jerry William, 22, of Arcadia, Fla., for a warrant out of DeSoto County for violating probation on a conviction for committing a lewd and lascivious act. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Bay County for violating probation by failing to register there as a sex offender. Officer Gary Lovette was helping Street Crimes detectives look for William. Lovette knew of an Appelrouth Lane Club William frequented, and they found him there at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Donald James Coleman, 54, no address, for failing to appear in court on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in public. While on routine patrol, an officer saw Coleman at Mallory Square, knew he was wanted and arrested him. Dec. 2.

Matthew Mallardi, 18, of Jupiter, Fla., for violating probation granted on a fraud conviction. Bicycle Officer Bradley Lariz saw Mallardi sitting in a chair drinking beer at Mallory Square, ran a check on him and arrested him. Dec. 2.

Sterling Elijah Rivers, 17, of Key West, for two warrants for sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church with $75,000 bond on each. The warrants stemmed from a Street Crimes Unit operation on Oct. 28 targeting street level narcotics sales. The transaction in which he was videotaped reportedly took place at the corner of Thomas and Virginia streets. Bicycle On Oct. 2, Officer Bradley Lariz was on routine patrol when he spotted Rivers on Emma Street. Lariz knew about the outstanding warrants and he stopped Rivers. Rivers allowed Lariz to search him. Lariz reportedly found 15 small plastic bags of marijuana in Rivers’ pocket containing 29.5 grams of marijuana worth about $300 on the street. In addition to the warrants, Lariz arrested Rivers for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church. Dec. 2.



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